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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Feb 13, 2007 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: most UNDERRATED/OVERRATED years?

"And BTW, they sounded a lot different in 74 than they did in 69."

Amazingly different. This was a band that was always changing.
Really: the whole thing is just a matter of taste. You could play me a piece or so from anytime anywhere and I might really like it. I guess the biggest thing for me is that life moves in strange directions and many of us got off the bus early on.
Who knows what we missed?

But I will say this: I don't think I could ever suffer through a blazing hot afternoon in a stadium full of folks ten or twenty years younger than I am. Yikes!

A good friend of mine (who is twenty or so years younger) said to me when Jerry died: "I'm glad I went to see them when I did." We all know Bill Graham's comment--they are not only the best at what they do, they are the only ones who do what they do--and I'm sure it held true to the end.

But, as Patrick Henry put it, "give me than choppy sloppy from the heart and soul psychedelic rock from 1969 or give me death."

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Poster: glenn Date: Feb 13, 2007 1:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: most UNDERRATED/OVERRATED years?

Yep the Grateful Dead are and were the most underrated and overrated band of their time.

If you don't listen to a broad sample from all of their material, you won't ever know how much you love their music... or which songs you hate.

Before being dragged to my first Grateful Dead show(1974 Cow Palace), I told my friends pretty firmly: "I don't want to go see some Death Rock band, I just dropped acid"...

you never know until you know, right?